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More than 300 employees of PKP Energetyka S.A. removing ice build-up on the traction network

More than 300 employees of PKP Energetyka S.A. and 23 maintenance trains worked 24/7 to clear off the tracks near Krakow, Kielce and Częstochowa. Freezing drizzle and severe snow caused ice build-ups over the contact wires, overheating of the traction network and trees falling over the tracks.

It is estimated that the traction network is now covered with ice along a total of 200 km of railway lines.

Adverse weather conditions are a nuisance not only to railway workers. Local power facilities have problems with supplying energy to traction substations supplying the railway traction system. Consequently, in some locations, such as in Tunel town on the Warsaw-Krakow route, the power supply has been cut off. Along these sections, carriers have been using diesel locomotives.

PKP Energetyka S.A. is the power enterprise with a nationwide presence, in operation since 2001. Isolated from railway structures, the company is presently an active stakeholder in Poland’s electricity market. It sells and distributes electricity (traction power for the needs of railway carriers and non-traction power for other customers via direct connections or as TPA) and provides electric power services. PKP Energetyka S.A. caters to approximately 45,000 customers, including 37,000 institutional customers, over 7,000 thousand individual customers and 25 railway operators. During the first six months of 2009, the company sold a total of 1,729 GWh of electricity.


Last modified: 2/29/2016